Policy Research Institute - PRI Bangladesh

The Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the Bangladesh economy, its key policy challenges, domestically, and in a rapidly integrating global marketplace.



Dr. Bazlul Haque Khondker holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and is currently teaching at Dhaka University as a Professor of Economics. His areas of expertise include: (i) analysis of poverty and income distribution impacts of trade and tax policy reforms using static as well as dynamic Computable General Equilibrium models; (ii) construction of Social Accounting Matrices (SAM) combining micro and macro data sets; and (iii) assessing resource gaps implications of various investment intervention (including MDGs) using a consistent Macroeconomic framework. His current applied international trade research works have focused mainly on issues such as exports of readymade garments and MFA phase-out, trade liberalisation and growth performance, and multilateral trade negotiations. Some of the major works of Dr Khondker (along with co-authors) include: WTO Negotiations and Domestic Policy Reform – Implications for Poverty in Bangladesh: A Study in a Sequential Dynamic CGE Framework (World Bank, Washington), Globalization-Poverty Interactions in Bangladesh: What Policy Implications Can We Draw?(Warwick University, England), Poverty Impacts of Remittance and Readymade Garments in Bangladesh over 2000 to 2005: A Computable General Equilibrium Approach, (World Bank, Bangladesh), Welfare and Poverty Impacts of Policy Reforms in Bangladesh: A General Equilibrium Approach, (University of Manchester Centre on Regulation and Competition Working Paper Series no. 86, October 2004), Welfare and Poverty Impacts of Tariff Reforms in Bangladesh: A General Equilibrium Approach, (IDRC, Canada), Updating the Social Accounting Matrix for Bangladesh: 2005 (World Bank, Washington). He has presented his analytical works in conferences held in Dhaka, The Hague, Quebec city, Kampala, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Colombo, Nairobi (Kenya), Abuja (Nigeria), Yaoundé (Cameroon), organised by organisations such as UNDP countries offices, UNDP regional centres in Asian and Africa, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Labour Office.